Outreach Partnerships

The J.D. Admissions Office actively seeks to connect and partner with other organizations and programs to strengthen, support, and diversify the pipeline to law school. We have several longstanding partnerships and are always willing to explore other possibilities. 

Current Partnerships

High School Outreach

Often classes, programs, or law academies at local high schools are interested in their students visiting the campus and learning about the law school experience. The Admissions Office supports these efforts by working with the teacher or school to tailor a visit (half-day or full-day) that will be meaningful for the students. Due to the high degree of customization, we can only accommodate 1-2 visits per semester. Requests can be made by emailing admissions@law.berkeley.edu

Other Forms of Outreach

We also participate in or support other outreach programs, and our fee waiver program is designed to facilitate these relationships. 


U.C. Public Policy and International Affairs (UCPPIA) Law Fellows Program

2017 dates: June 11 – July 29
Application deadline: Nov 1

Overview

Berkeley Law has joined forces with the Goldman School of Public Policy to empower and prepare the next generation of leaders and change makers, and to better address the needs of historically under-served communities. The UCPPIA Law Fellows program is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to complete challenging academic work, learn what it takes to gain admission to elite J.D./M.P.P. programs, collaborate to study and attack some of the most pressing global challenges, and experience life at Berkeley.

Goldman’s PPIA Junior Summer Institute (JSI) has existed for thirty-five years. For the last nine years, Berkeley Law has supported and invested in select students within the JSI who are focused on pursuing law and public policy degrees, and on meeting the needs of under-represented communities. These students are selected by a committee that includes a Berkeley Law Admissions officer. 

The JSI offers student participants a rigorous 7-week program of coursework designed to improve the analytical and quantitative skills vital to success at top-level graduate programs in public policy, and law school. A cohort of thirty students spend their summer on Berkeley’s campus, learning from faculty, staff, community leaders, and each other. Ten of those students are selected as “Law Fellows.” In addition to learning the fundamentals of policy analysis, Law Fellows are exposed to the topics and skills necessary to gain admission to and succeed at a top law school. 
 

Specifically, Law Fellows: 
  • Take a Public Policy and Law course, in addition to the required Policy Analysis, Economics and Quantitative Methods courses. This course is designed to provide students with the fundamental skills of reading case law, analyzing judicial decisions, and discussing relevant policy topics within a legal framework. The course begins with an introductory framework for policy and legal analysis followed by week-long modules that focus on important policy and legal topics taught by faculty members from Berkeley Law.
  • Receive GRE and LSAT preparation materials.
  • Are guaranteed an application fee waiver for the J.D. program at Berkeley Law.
  • Attend career development workshops (including resume workshops) fellowship opportunities and a networking events.
  • Hear from advocates working in law/public policy areas such as immigration and human rights, education, health, environmental regulation, policing, and housing.
  • Participate in field trips geared toward introducing participants to the different aspects of policy-making and legal advocacy, and the various careers associated with these fields.
  • Partake in extracurricular activities intended to create a foundation for successful group dynamics among PPIA faculty, staff and fellow participants.
  • Participate in a series of sessions focused on navigating the J.D. application process, with special emphasis on writing the personal statement and financial aid.
  • Tour Berkeley Law School and attend an information session with the Dean of Admissions.

Other Benefits:

  • Full tuition to attend the U.C. Berkeley PPIA Junior Summer Institute, plus a stipend and room & board in one of the U.C. Berkeley dormitories.
  • Minimum of $5,000 in gift aid (scholarship or grant) guaranteed toward graduate or law school tuition. UCPPIA Fellows often receive financial offers above and beyond this minimum.
  • Eligibility for paid internships and other professional development opportunities through PPIA.

Application criteria and guidelines for PPIA:

  • Be a United States citizen or legal permanent resident or meet California State AB-540 guidelines (must have attended a California high school for at least 3 full years and you must have graduated from a California high school).
  • Must have completed junior year of college by the start of Junior Summer Institute (JSI) and have at least one full semester or two quarters of coursework remaining before graduation.
  • Have a demonstrated interest in policy issues that most affect historically under-served communities, including African Americans, Asian American/South Asians, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Latino/as, and have a commitment to working on these issues, as shown by past and/or current service.
  • Have demonstrated academic or personal growth in spite of difficult learning and/or living environments.
  • Have potential for study at a U.C. graduate program or at one of the PPIA Consortium graduate schools in public policy, public administration and/or international affairs.
  • Must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a professional career associated with public service such as government, nonprofits, humanitarian and international organizations and other related programs.
  • Must contribute to the diversity of perspectives.
  • Economic need is given consideration.
  • All academic majors are welcome to apply.

Applicants for the Law Fellows program must ALSO: 

  • Submit a one-page statement explaining: a) the reasons for wanting to pursue joint degrees in law and public policy; b) the skills that the candidate wishes to acquire; c) and how the candidate will use those skills to further his/her public service goals.